is well known to kill more people than any other natural weather
event, yet its risk is often considered as being so remote that
many organizations simply overlook the real dangers to which
their staff and emplyees may be subjected to during the course
of their normal duties.
Australian statistics show that
lightning kills and injures more people annually than those
killed or injured by shark attack, yet the shark attack risk
prompts aerial patrols, beach netting, lifesavers, and often
live media broadcasts to warn against that risk.
Standard AS 1768-2003 states that around six to ten persons
die in Australia annually. It is also reported that around eighty
instances of lightning injury per annum are attributed to the
use of fixed line telephones, however with the current and increasing
trend towards using permanently fixed modern telephone headsets,
such statistics are expected to compound an increase in these
types of telephone related lightning injuries.
news is that there is modern technology available to minimize
the lightning risk, whilst there are also simple lightning safety
instructions that should also be understood, especially during
periods of localized thunderstorms.
is an affordable hand-held lightning detection device
which provides the user a factual dataset of information
with which to gauge their own individual safety, as
well as that of others during those times where higher
risk conditions exist.
It is able to detect lightning
as far as 60 kilometres away, by both an audible tone
and through a visual alert by way of four LED's. A range
selector allows the user to choose at which range detected
lightning strikes will sound the audible warning tone,
which prompts the user to seek safe shelter until the
risk has passed.